writes a positive and helpful review of the new HBO series, The Pacific.
Mac concludes that the series appears to do for the Pacific theater what Band of Brothers
did for the European theater. In other words, it seems to do justice to the story and to the men who--knowing history is not pre-ordained for American victory or for justice--still gave their all so that we might inherit a country where justice remains a possibility. Mac notes that the men whose stories form the basis of the script for the series are widely regarded, heralded, and understood by Marines. Now, thanks to this series, perhaps their stories will become known to the rest of us. Perhaps in knowing and understanding these stories--not just the victories but also the desperation and defeat--we can begin to understand what it really means to preserve a Republic. Perhaps, too, we can be inspired to comport ourselves in a way that is worthy of those sacrifices and one that considers, too, that such sacrifices might be required of us. It sounds like Tom Hanks, whatever else he may think or say about America and American politics, understands at least that much. For that, and for this good story well told, I am grateful.